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Return To Sender

by

Elvis Presley



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This song is about a guy who sends a letter to a girl, but she refuses to read it, instead writing "Return To Sender" on it and having it sent back to him. Our hero has a hard time believing she doesn't want to read the letter, so he sends it special delivery to make sure it arrives. When that letter gets sent back, he decides to hand-deliver it.
The year after this was released, postal "Zones" were replaced by Zip Codes, making the line, "No such number, no such zone" outdated.
Otis Blackwell, who had written Elvis' hits "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up," wrote this with Winfield Scott, who was in a vocal group called The Cues and wrote the song "Tweedle De" for LaVern Baker. When Elvis needed songs for his movie Girls! Girls! Girls!, Blackwell convinced Scott to try his hand writing Pop songs, and they came up with this and "We're Comin' In Loaded" for the movie.
On January 8 1993, the US postal service released a stamp commemorating Elvis on what would have been The King's 58th birthday. This caused a stir, as stamps were usually reserved for historical figures rather than entertainers, so the postal service let their customers vote on one of 2 designs for the stamp: a young Elvis or an older (and heavier) Elvis. Young Elvis won handily and on January 8, 1993, the stamp was released. Enterprising stamp collectors put Elvis stamps on letters that day and mailed them off with false addresses so they would be sent back marked "Return To Sender" and become collector's items.
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Comments (8):

i agree with all the comments. a great song smooth silky vocal by elvis and good sax. col. parker actually insisted that the song be included in the film ' girls,girls, girls because elvis liked it so much. producer hal wallis didn't want it in the film because he thought the film would run over time, but parker made sure elvis got his way. also did you know that the songs composer otis blackwell never met elvis, because he said that he [blackwell] might be disappointed. i heard he later regretted not meeting elvis.
- michael, Eastleigh, United Kingdom
what can I say?....this is Elvis at his best......also a great song to dance with the one you love
- Rick, Belfast, ME
Love the Baritone Sax and vibrola guitar in
this song by sung Elvis...it is quite entrtaining to watch him perform this on the big screen.
- steve dotstar, los angeles, CA
Regarding the comment, "I never understood the..." is actually referring to the lyrics, "Sent it special D" which means, special Delivery!
- Daniel, Edmonton, AB
I never understood the line ,I sent a special de bright and early next morning it came right back to me,What is a special de?
- john, Brisbane, United States
this is my favorite song, and its song in g.i blues
- kristian, cleveland, TX
This is a classic early sixties rock song and the performance of it in the movie Girls girls girls is highly entertaining to watch.There's just nobody quite like Elvis in the music business.

George, Belleville,N.J.
- George, Belleville, NJ
Certainly is one my favourite Elvis songs!
- Maha, Auckland, New Zealand
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